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Folsom Street between 15th and 16th streets on Friday morning, hours after a man had been found dead by homeless residents. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Man Found Dead on Folsom Street

The first time the ambulance was called for the dead man on Folsom Street, he was still alive, according to witnesses. Two hours later, when the same witnesses called a second time, he had already died. Still, the ambulance did not come. “He was halfway on the sidewalk, really twisted,” said a man staying in a tent on Folsom Street...
John Visor (left) and Jose Gongora Pat, the younger brother of Luis Gongora Pat,    stand in front of a memorial honoring the slain man on September 7. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Months After Police Shooting, Community Members Press for Justice

Family and advocates seeking criminal penalties for the officers who shot Luis Gongora Pat – a 45-year-old homeless man living in the Mission District – gathered at the site of his shooting Wednesday morning to mark the five-month anniversary of his death. “I miss him very much, and I wish that he was still here,” said John Visor, a homeless...
Mission Station. File photo.

Angry SF Residents Face Off With Police on Crime

Some 30 Mission residents who crowded into a monthly police meeting held Tuesday grilled the neighborhood’s police captain and supervisor about their plans to address what residents described as a clear increase in criminal activity on their streets that has left them fearful. The group blamed the police and city officials for being ineffective in prosecuting sex workers and dismantling homeless...
Kimberley Walley stands in front of the tent she shares with her husband, Henry Texada, after the couple was displaced from their SRO room following a June 18 fire. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Fire Victims, Told to Find Housing by City, Now Homeless

Despite promises from city leaders that the 58 tenants displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets would be housed, at least two tenants from the Graywood Hotel, which was ravaged by a five-alarm fire in June, are again homeless and living in a tent on 16th Street near Folsom Street. “The mayor said that none of us was gonna go...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Troubled Public Plaza Will Be Fenced Off To Divert Homeless

Plans for installing a fence around McCoppin Hub, a public plaza that has become a hangout for some of the city’s homeless, are underway with construction set to begin as early as next month. In a collaboration between various city agencies including Public Works and the Department of Public Health, a contractor is expected to deliver a final proposal and...
The Department of Public Works storage facility is located at 2323 Cesar Chavez St.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Property of San Francisco Homeless Routinely Disappeared by City

Despite a large number of well-publicized sweeps and routine cleanups of homeless encampments throughout the city, records on file with the Department of Public Works show that city cleaning crews only picked up and preserved the personal belongings of 23 homeless people over a six-month period.   Since February, two major homeless settlements underneath the Division Street and the Cesar Chavez...
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“I much rather be homeless than a victim of domestic violence.” – Queen

This story originally appeared on Stories Behind the Fog, a collection of narratives from homeless individuals, in their own words. This is Queen’s story – she stays in a shelter in the Mission District. You can see more stories here. Love can sometimes be the worst that could happen to you. Blinded by you heart can lead you into fucked...
An encampment near Division Street after the crackdown by the city in February 2016. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros

San Francisco Homeless Respond to Tent Ban

“I think that’s pretty shitty,” said Greg Jensen, a 52-year-old homeless man in the Mission District, of a proposed law that would ban tent encampments and give the city the power to seize the property of those who refuse to disperse. “What the fuck?” Jensen added, scratching off a lottery ticket near his encampment. “They’re gonna take my stuff and...
The Navigation Center at 1950 Mission Street will be turned into 165 units of affordable housing. Photo  by Joe Rivano Barros.

San Francisco Will Add New Centers for the Homeless

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that requires the city to build six more so-called Navigation Centers in the next two years to get more homeless residents off the streets.  The vote follows the success of the nationally-lauded 75-bed Navigation Center located on Mission Street near the 16th Street BART Plaza. The transitional shelter focuses on moving small groups from...
Darcel Jackson in his Mission District home. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Formerly Homeless Candidate Drops Out of SF Mission Race

Darcel Jackson, the formerly homeless app maker who entered the race for District Nine supervisor in March, bowed out on Tuesday citing “financial restraints” ahead of a $500 filing deadline today. “I had to pay them $500 by 5 o’clock today and I don’t have it,” Jackson said. “If I had more time I could get it.” The Department of Elections...
The nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen planned to move into an empty commercial space at 1930 Mission St. Photo by Lola Chavez

Nun Soup Kitchen Imperiled by SF Mission Condo Owners

The fate of a soup kitchen evicted from the Tenderloin in February remains uncertain, even though the two French nuns who run it thought they had found a home in the Mission a month later. Residents at the new location, 1930 Mission St. between 16th and 15th streets, have voiced concerns about allowing the nuns to purchase a unit there. The...
Police officers towing away a stolen motorcycle from the encampment where Luis Gongora was shot and killed last Thursday. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Harassment and Backdoor Maneuvers Alleged in Aftermath of Police Shooting

Two homeless witnesses to the fatal police shooting of Luis Gongora on Shotwell Street last Thursday say the police have harassed them multiple times since the shooting, most recently threatening them with arrest late Saturday night if they did not move their tents from the block. The pair temporarily moved across the street before returning to the block, where they...
Department of Public Works trucks near the encampment on Friday night. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Homeless Residents Near Police Shooting Site Moved to Navigation Center

On Friday night in the pouring rain, Department of Public Works trucks cleared out trash near the homeless encampment where 45-year-old Luis Gongora was shot and killed by San Francisco police on Thursday, raising some fear among residents that the sweep was an attempt to scatter potential witnesses to the shooting. A Public Works spokesperson, however, said the trucks were not there to dismantle the...
Darcel Jackson in his Mission District home. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Formerly Homeless App Maker Enters District 9 Race

Darcel Jackson, a formerly homeless man who was widely profiled last year after working to bring wi-fi to San Francisco shelters, just became the sixth candidate to enter the race for District 9 supervisor. Jackson promises to run the thriftiest campaign in San Francisco history, saying he won’t accept individual donations more than $10 — the limit is $500 per...
Eddy had been camping on 18th Street in the Mission District until he was ordered to move during a Public Works sweep on March 17. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Sweeps Move SF Mission Homeless Block to Block

Clenching his dog’s leash in one hand, Ortega Flowers’ voice trembled with frustration as he recounted an interaction he had with a police officer shortly before his tent was removed during a city cleanup of a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street. “They just took my tent. My dog’s food is in there, and his brush,” said Flowers, alleging that he had...